St. Louis has many great neighborhoods and communities. Regardless of the lifestyle you want or the stage of life you are in, there are likely many places where you would feel at home.

St. Louis Magazine published a fun article in their April 2009 print issue, “The Perfectly Personified, Quasi-Bona Fide Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods”. Inspired by their article, I’ve put together my own personal neighborhood guide.

Where are the Best Places to Live & Play in St. Louis?

Confused manWith so many choices in where to live in the St. Louis metro area, choosing the best location can be daunting. St. Louis residents often rely on preconceived notions and are not willing to give a new community a chance that might be perfect for them.

For people relocating to St. Louis, it can be even harder to decide where they should live. Often relocating buyers find themselves bombarded with suggestions from their new co-workers. I’ve even had buyers come to me with questions about areas based on the advice of a waitress or airplane seatmate.

If you are relocating, your real estate agent should be able to help you sort through the maze of options and help you select a neighborhood that is perfect for you.

My Neighborhood Winners:

Once you pick out a few areas of interest, check out my Home Search and see what you think of the available homes in your price range.

Restaurant Heaven:

University City, Central West End, South Grand, The Loft District, Historic St. Charles, Chesterfield Valley

Walkable Living:

Kirkwood, Maplewood, University City, Clayton, Lafayette Square, Soulard, Tower Grove South

Post College:

Central West End, Clayton, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, The Loft District

Nightlife Nearby:

University CitySoulard, The Loft District, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur

International Flavor:

South Grand, Midtown, University City

Playsets & Subdivisions:

Creve Coeur, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Fenton, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wentzville

Affluent Living:

Clayton, Ladue, Frontenac, Town & Country, Chesterfield

Country Club Land:

Frontenac, Ladue, Clayton, St. Albans

Deer & Wildlife:

Wildwood, Ballwin, Eureka

Golf Course Communities:

Ballwin, Chesterfield, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, Wentzville

1st Time Home Buyer:

Maryland Heights, Ballwin, Florissant, St. Louis City, Rock Hill, Crestwood

Newer Homes, Older Areas:

Olivette, Kirkwood, Creve Coeur

Condo Living:

Skinker-DeBaliviere, Central West End, The Loft District, Brentwood, Creve Coeur


Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Clayton

University Life:

University City, Midtown, Webster Groves

Historic Homes:

Central West End, Lafayette Square, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Maplewood, University City, St. Charles

Top Schools, Affordable Living:

Richmond Heights, Olivette, Ellisville, Ballwin, Creve Coeur

Cool Community Rec Centers:

Richmond Heights, Maryland HeightsBallwin, Clayton, Des Peres, St. Peters


What are your favorite neighborhoods? Share your favorites by leaving a comment.

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